Thinking Outside The Box

The invention of the wheel was a miraculous invention, along with the airplane, and the telephone. All the inventions that have ever been created werent just something that was already drawn out on a piece of paper for the inventors. They had to think. They had to imagine the masterpiece before it was even a physical object. These people werent just thinkers or inventors. These people Thought Outside the Box. The writer Sarah Susanka, the author of The Not So Big House, once said that The ability to think creatively, responding to needs and wishes, not to preconceived ideas of what something should look like, then the problem will be solved. SIC]

What I think she means by this is if you are going to make something or do something for the people of the world, dont assume or pretend you know what they want. Go out, ask them, figure it out and then when you have completed the finished product it will be successful. Many people who try to invent something are not successful because they are afraid to break the confines of the outline. What I mean by this is that the people are so accustomed to thinking like everybody else, they are afraid to explore the possibilities of their mind.

They cant picture something that already isnt there. Often a person will see something that was invented and wonder why they never thought of something so simple. The answer is very uncomplicated… they didnt break the confines of the out line. Normally, when people do a puzzle, they will have to think about the answers, sort of like a maze. If what they first try doesnt work then they have to try another direction to see if something else will work. Those people, even though they dont know it have just thought outside the box.

They have decided that rather than quitting, they are going to keep trying, and see if they can find another way to do it. Even though the answer was right in front of them, they still had to think and look for it. One great thinker is Werner Heisenberg. He invented Matrix mechanics. It was the first version of quantum mechanics. He didnt invent the concepts of matrix algebra; however, focused attention on a set of quantised probability amplitudes. The matrix mechanics was further developed in a three-author paper by Heisenberg, Born and Jordan, published in 1926.

Heisenberg published The Physical Principles of Quantum Theory in 1928. In 1932 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for this work. Although he was awarded the Nobel for his matrix mechanics, he was much better known for his Uncertainty Principle that he discovered in 1927. Heisenberg was quoted in 1969 as saying the following about the Slovay Conference in Brussels that he attended in 1927 : To those of us who participated in the development of atomic theory, the five years following the Slovay Conference in Brussels in 1927 looked so wonderful that we often spoke of them as the golden of age of atomic physics.

The great obstacles that had occupied all our efforts in the preceding years had been cleared out of the way; the gate to an entirely new field, the quantum mechanics of the atomic shells stood wide open, and fresh fruits seemed ready for the picking. Around the year 1925 Heisenberg was working on a new description of matter. His ruminations led him to assert a new principle that has become a Hallmark of quantum theory. This description of matter is now known as matrix mechanics.

It is the complete mathematical theory of the behaviour of atoms and their constituents. It is a very difficult field to study, but with the help of Born and Jordan, the study was a success. The matrix mechanics is a part of mathematics known as the quantum mechanics. So the quantum ideas work. They are developed from the concept that matter is wave-like in its behaviour. The quantum mechanics remained mysterious until 1927, when Heisenberg -following conversations with Bohr and Einstein discovered the uncertainty principle.

Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle said that it is impossible to find out exactly where an object is and how fast it is moving at the same time. If you were to try that process then you would have to stop the object to see where it is at that speed, or at that point in time. This is fine but as soon as you stop it you no longer have to speed and momentum to the object. There is no guarantee that you can just say that because the object was moving a certain speed that obviously it still will have the same results.

This is because there are many things that can effect your result. If you were to try to find out both of them at the same time all your information would become impossible to understand. Because of figuring out such an informative theory Heisenberg has been awarded many time. He received the following awards: The Nobel Prize in 1932, and the Follow of the Royal Society in 1955. Another of Heisenbergs great moments in life was during the Second World War. Here he headed the unsuccessful German nuclear weapons project.

He worked with Otto Hahn, one of the discoverers of nuclear fission, on the development of a nuclear reactor but failed to develop an effective program for nuclear weapons. Whether this was because of lack of resources or a lack of a desire to put nuclear weapons in the hands of the Nazis is unclear. After the war he was interned in Britain with other leading German scientists. However, he returned to Germany in 1946 when he was appointed director of the Max Planck institute for physics and Astrophysics at Gttingen.

In 1958 the Institute moved to Munich and Heisenberg continued as its director. This man was very talented and had many other interests. Such as in the philosophy of physics, and because of this great interest he wrote Physics and Philosophy in 1962 and Physics and Beyond in 1971. Virtually every person has Thought Outside the Box at one point in their lives or another . . . I can remember, about four years ago when my parents were re-modelling the upstairs, where my bedroom was located.

My father was trying to figure out some way to convert three bedrooms into two, while keeping a nice square landing that is right outside the doors. Well with the way that the upstairs was shaped there was much difficulty. Finally one day, I was sick of seeing my father stressing out over something like that. So I took a pencil and a piece of paper and I drew the outline of the upstairs. Then rather than drawing a straight line right across the middle of where the bedrooms would be I drew a diagonal like that still left space for closets and when it angled down back towards the stairs (the wall).

This allowed my dad to have the nice even square landing right out side the bedroom doors I was very proud of myself, and I now have the honour of saying that I designed my bedroom can you guess whos room was larger? I guess what I am trying to say is that all a person has to do is apply themselves and they will have the ability to Think Outside the Box. It isnt something that is extremely easy to do. It is like most things in a persons life, they must practice and learn. Some people dont even realize it when they are doing it, which is great. But if only they could recognise this ability, apply it to something, and improve life for all!


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